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Transatlantic Slave Trade

by: Erika Ladd

Transatlantic Slave Trade HIST 005

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These notes look at the numbers and regions involved in the transatlantic slave trade
Intro to Black Diaspora 1
Neil Vaz
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Africa, African Studies, African Slavery
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Date Created: 09/14/16
Portugal brought 5.8 million slaves. Spain took 1.1 million slaves. They dominated around 1500- 1640 with Spain. Then there was the rise in British and French slave trade. (Class notes that are missing) British • 3.3 million slaves • Sugar 1. Barbados (1640s) 2. Jamaica 3. Ceded Islands (1763): Grenada, Tobago, Dominica, and St. Vincent. Neutral islands with large French populations. • Tobacco 1. British North America (the colonies) • Rice 1. South Carolina • Also had Trinidad French • 1.4 million slaves • Sugar • Introduced the French Antilles in the 1640s 1. Originally the ceded islands that were neutral. French people, but not legally French • Acquired Saint Domingue from the Spanish (1697) Dutch • 554,000 slaves • Slave labor was minimal and diversified in the Dutch Antilles • Sugar and Coffee 1 Suriname (1667) USA • 305,000 slaves from Africa directly • Tobacco - Virginia • Rice - South Carolina • Cotton - Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas • Sugar in New Orleans, and in Florida along with Cotton, but sugar wasn’t as important as rice, tobacco, and cotton. • Mostly urban and domestic jobs in the North. • What drove their slave trade (addiction): 1 Sugar 2 Tobacco 3 Rice 4 Coffee 5 Mining 6 Urban Jobs Sugar • Portugeuese and Brazil • Dutch takeover in the 1640s and they adopted the Brazilians ideals about sugar • Then the Dutch left and went to Barbados and established it there a • The British adopted it from them Barbados. That’s where the sugar industry skyrocketed, especially after the British brought it to Jamaica in 1655 Transatlantic Slave trade • Popular points of embarkation (coastal areas): 1 Senegambia 2 Sierra Leone 3 Windward Coast (modern day Liberia) 4 Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) 5 Bight of Benin (modern day Togo, Benin, and West Nigeria) 6 Bight of Biafra (modern day East Nigeria, Cameroon) 7 West Central Africa (the most came from here) • Popular points of disembarkation: • Temporal look at the rise in Captives embarking from different regions 1 Senegambia (1440s) (1751) (1776) 2 Sierra Leone (1751) (1776) 3 Windward Coast (1751) (1776) 4 Gold Coast (1701) 5 Bight of Benin (1724) 6 Bight of Biafra (1730) 7 West Central Africa (1575)


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